Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum
Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum
With recorded history of more than 3,000 years, Athens is the capital of Greece and no doubt one of the most interesting places in the world. The birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization, the design of the city is marked by Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman civilizations. Spend the day viewing the many historical and archeological monuments that date back to the 5th century BC and the Golden Age of Pericles.
With a multitude of conquerors occupying Athens, there are unique and splendid monuments everywhere. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive, modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. Visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon dedicated to the Goddess Athena, the Propylea, the Temple of the Athena Nike, and the Erechtheum Temple, the latter that at one point was used for cult worship.
Throughout the tour you will also see Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached Christianity; the Ancient Agoria with its classic columns; the Herodes Atticus Theatre; the Theatre of Dionysius; the Temple of Zeus; and the University of Athens. Also on tap are the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, and the Panathenian Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896.
At the New Acropolis Museum you will see some of the more than 4,000 artifacts carefully preserved from the Acropolis site as well as exhibits covering the Greek Bronze Age and the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Enjoy some free time in the Plaka neighborhood with its narrow cobblestoned streets, idyllic sidewalk cafes and numerous boutiques selling clothes, ceramics and jewelry.
This full-day small group tour is a must-do for those who love history and architecture, reserve your spot today.
Please Note: This tour includes admissions and a visit to both the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
Reviewer: Carol Shepherd
Our guide did a good job of managing a tough situation. Crowds. A rest stop just before going to the Acropolis took almost an hour - the facilities were not all operational. Then the climb to the top took over an hour within a shoulder to shoulder, barely moving crowd. The tour group was separated during the climb but most were reassembled for some expanations of the ruins and the area around. The trip through the museum had to be limited to a description of a few of the most famous pieces. Too crowded and too rushed. Not the guide's fault, and she handled things well, but the tour should rethink the time constraints.
Reviewer: BLAZE Newman
Be aware that climbing up the Acropolis can be daunting due to the huge crowds and slippery stones. Wear shoes with good traction. And be prepared to be patient. Our guide was excellent. Note that you are given a 2-hour break between the Acropolis and the museum to go on your own to find lunch and/or roam the Plaka.
Reviewer: Cathy Gellenbeck
We liked the quick meet up and the small group. We travelled in a van, which we liked better than the big busses used by the cruiseline tours. We had a nice overview of the city,stopped at an old stadium prior to the Acropolis. Our tour guide was knowledgeable . We had adequate free time to take pictures and walk around by ourselves. The Acropolis was crazy crowded, which for me detracted from enjoying it, but that could not be helped by the guide. We had a nice tour of the museum and then time in la Plaka. We were very satisfied with our experience. No trouble getting back to the ship with plenty of time. We took several excursions with Shore Excursions group, and liked them way better than the ones we took with the cruiseline. They were smaller and more efficient, with more personal experience.
Reviewer: Robert Bunyan
We expected to meet our guide as we walked out of the terminal as it turned out they were waiting for us on the road as our guide told us that they were not aloud to wait on the terminal grounds. Our guide studied Greek history we were very lucky to have here she did a fantastic job. From the time that our tour started to the time the tour ended she never stopped giving us info. The Acropolis was under reno's so it makes you wonder how much is original. The museum was fantastic and was built over a archeological dig using glass flooring so that you could see the dig. The food in Placa was amazing. You could spend the whole day in the museum.
Reviewer: Matt H
Bus picked us up directly from our ship and we proceeded into town along the coast covering the 3 ports of Athens. We stopped in the first Olympic Stadium where we were given 10 minutes of time to explore, would have liked a bit more time here as there are tickets for the stadium, so if you want to run the track you need to be in and out quick. From here we headed to the Acropolis where there was nearly a million people. Luckily our guide held us all together and was very informative throughout the Acropolis tour. This tour alone was worth it for the convenience of getting into the Acropolis. Next we headed down to the Acropolis Museum where our guide showed us all the remaining artefacts from the ruins that are on display. After about a 1.5 hour guided tour in the museum we were given free time in plaka for the remainder. The tour met at its scheduled time and departed. The guide was very informative as he studied to be an Archaeologist which also made the tour more interesting.